What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is an annual day held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements the social, economic, cultural and political throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
The day is not associated with any particular group or organisation, but, it brings together governments, organisations and corporations.
Why International Women’s Day in March?
March honours the women’s march in Petrograd, Russia, that sparked the Russian Revolution in 1917. One of the most significant events in European history was sparked by women’s demands and that calls for celebration. Things may not be ideal for women in countries around the world, but as long as people continue to fight, got the rights of women and for gender equality, things are sure to fall into place.
International Women’s Day Theme
This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow“.
What’s the history of IWD?
1908: The roots of International Women’s Day can be traced back to February 28, 1908. On this day, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights.
1909: One year after the march, on February 28, the first National Women’s Day was observed with a demonstration in the US in agreement with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The day was observed in this manner till 1913.
1975: The United Nations began celebrating the day on March 8, 1975. The year is also remembered as United Nations’ International Women’s Year.
2011: Former President of the United States, Barack Obama declared March as Women’s History Month to manifest the extraordinary accomplishments of women and to honour their role in the shaping of the history of the US.
To celebrate International Women’s Day by this year’s specific theme, you can strike the #EachforEqual pose — and if you want to help spread the word about this important celebration, don’t forget to share your pledges and messages on social media using the hashtag #IWD2020.